This is the easiest tagliatelle Bolognese or tagliatelle alla Bolognese!
Really the simplest recipe ever. You will be surprised to see how it is made with a limited number of ingredients. So are you ready to learn how to make tagliatelle Bolognese? Let’s get started!
Even though you see it everywhere spaghetti Bolognese in Italy doesn’t exist. Why not you might ask?
Because the reasoning is that when you make a rich thick sauce like Bolognese you need a pasta that can hold the sauce.
Spaghetti is to thin to hold the sauce and that is why it is served with a pasta, like fettuccine or tagliatelle.
Bolognese is really easy to make and maybe another surprise it doesn’t contain any tomatoes or tomato sauce.
It contains tomato paste for the sauce and a lot of patience.
Tagliatelle Bolognese ingredients
To make this recipe you need just a handful of ingredients. A lot of basic ingredients on this list:
- Ground beef
- Tomato paste
- Salt and pepper
How to make tagliatelle Bolognese al ragu
To make this recipe heat a pot e.g. a Dutch Oven and add the ground beef. Stir the beef until it is browned.
Finely dice the pancetta and add to the brown beef. Keep on stirring the beef mixture until no pink is visible.
While the meat browns finely dice the onion and carrot. Chop the celery as well and add to the pot.
Stir the vegetable through the beef before adding two tablespoons of tomato paste. Now stir the tomato paste through the beef.
Season the beef with salt and pepper and add water. Close the lid on the pot and let the Bolognese simmer on the stove for 2-3 hours.
You can also heat up your oven to 400℉ and put the pot in the oven. Check every half hour and add water if the Bolognese mix gets too dry.
Boil the pasta al dente, drain and spoon the Bolognese on top of the pasta. Serve with some parmesan cheese.
That is it, that is all you need to get the best tagliatelle al ragu Bolognese recipe you ever tried.
Can you make Bolognese sauce in the slow cooker
The answer is simple you can make Bolognese sauce in the slow cooker. In fact, this is also a perfect recipe to prepare in your slow cooker or Instant Pot.
To do so follow the steps as described in the recipe. Instead of leaving it on the stove or in the oven for 2-3 hours you put the Crockpot or Instant pot on:
- HIGH – for 2 to 3 hours
- LOW – for 4 to 6 hours
Why do you simmer the sauce?
The main reason is to allow all the flavors to enrich, enhance and deepen. This is what makes homemade Bolognese sauce taste so good.
By simmering the sauce the ingredients get the time to deepen and by slowly cooking off the liquid in the sauce.
Then adding the vegetables will make the sauce even richer and more flavorsome.
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- 300-gram tagliatelle or fettuccini
- 200-gram ground beef
- 100-gram Pancetta
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- ½ celery stick
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Heat a pot add the ground beef. Stir the beef until it is browned
- Finely dice the pancetta and add to the brown beef. Keep on stirring the beef mixture until browned
- Finely dice the onion and carrot, chop the celery as well and add to the pot
- Stir the vegetable through the beef before adding two tablespoons of tomato paste.
- Now stir the tomato paste through the beef
- Season the beef with salt and pepper and add water. Close the lid on the pot and let the Bolognese simmer for 2-3 hours or put in the oven at 400F for 2-3 hours (add water if the mixture gets to dry)
- Boil the pasta al dente, drain and spoon the Bolognese on top of the pasta. Serve with some parmesan cheese
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 607mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 22g